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NJ Mayor Orders Investigation Into Homophobic Remarks Made By NJ Teachers in Zoom Training Class

Screenshot of Dumont High School teachers' chat.

Dumont, N.J. Mayor Andrew LaBruno has ordered an investigation after two N.J. high school teachers were caught cracking homophobic jokes and remarks during a Zoom training class.

“Why is that kid with the gay gym teacher?” asks one, according to a screenshot of the chat posted online. “Is that her adopted kid? Who is gonna be all f—-d up growing up watching 2 chicks kissing and calling them both mom,” says another, according to the screenshot.

Mayor LaBruno called the chat “disturbing and extremely appalling.”

“These homophobic comments do not reflect our community’s values, nor do they represent our beliefs in the borough of Dumont,” the mayor said. “We are an inclusive and welcoming community.

“While there is still much work to be done fighting against inequalities and standing up for human rights, our educators mold our children’s minds,” LaBruno said, ” and these comments have no place in our education system. Dumont is one big family, and together we must ensure that all of our neighbors know that hate has no home here.”

It was not clear if students were also on the call at the time, or who took and then forwarded a screen grab of the chat.

An online petition launched by former DHS graduate Matthew DeMarco says the comments are “unacceptable and should not be tolerated by the school district or its employees, and should result in their forced resignations immediately.

“This behavior is unacceptable and should not be tolerated by the school district or its employees, and should result in their forced resignations immediately,” the petition states.

Over 4000 people have so far signed the petition. You can add your name to it by clicking HERE.


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1 thought on “NJ Mayor Orders Investigation Into Homophobic Remarks Made By NJ Teachers in Zoom Training Class”

  1. Hi Will.

    What a sad news ! I can maybe understand that people are not open minded and it can be difficult for them to accept another sexuality than they have. But i don’t undestrand a reaction like that by a teacher.

    it’s at least a pretty good point to see that the Mayor take this seriously.

    Thanks for this article,

    Jessa.

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